Helion embarked on a monumental shift, revamping its commercial vehicle fleet to all-electric, culminating in the world's largest handover of Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo vans to the Swiss solar industry leader at the Attisholz site in Switzerland.
"We are delighted that Helion is committed to the ID. Buzz Cargo as a service vehicle and will also use self-generated solar power for carbon-neutral operation of its fleet," said Lars Krause, VWCV's Board of Management member, as he passed the keys to the Helionauts alongside representatives from the Swiss importer.
Noah Heynen, Helion's CEO, said: "With the conversion of our commercial vehicle fleet to electric power, we are also driving forward the energy transition within the company."
Heynen emphasized the importance of being ambassadors for their vision and the energy transition, stating, "As of today, around 100 of our technicians from all over Switzerland are on the road electrically."
He highlighted the benefits of electric vehicles, noting, "Electric vehicles are ideally suited for company fleets due to short distances between metropolitan areas and a dense fast charging network."
Heynen outlined the company's proactive approach, mentioning the establishment of an operational support group before the changeover to test the vehicles and address challenges.
"Helion plans to save around 300 tonnes of CO2 per year by switching to an electric fleet," Heynen said. "In addition, customers benefit from even more sustainable solar systems, as Helion technicians are now all on the road with electric commercial vehicles."
Helion invested in charging infrastructure, ensuring smooth day-to-day operations and financing home charging options for Helionauts.
"Together, we are making our contribution to achieving the climate goals and assuming responsibility as a company," Heynen concluded, stressing the long-term goal of halting climate change.